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The 38 Essential New York Restaurants

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Here, now and in full is the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant…” This highly elite group, which dates way back the halcyon days of 2005, covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Over time, the Eater 38 will change, with new restaurants joining as others fall off, but we'll keep the total number steady at 38. The only hard and fast rule of engagement is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots. And so, without further ado—and in no particular order—here is the Eater 38.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Locanda Verde

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377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3797
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2. Blaue Gans

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139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212)-571-8880
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3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

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14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 619-0085

4. Little Giant

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85 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 226-5047
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5. Peasant

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194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-9511
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6. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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7. Raoul's Restaurant

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180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-3518
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8. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

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97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-0404
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9. Lupa Osteria Romana

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170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 982-5089
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10. Momofuku Ssam Bar

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207 2 Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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11. Ippudo NY

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65 4 Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0088
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12. Minetta Tavern

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Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-3850
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13. Spotted Pig

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314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-0393
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14. Little Owl

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90 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 741-4695
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15. Barbuto

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775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-9700
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16. Strip House New York

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13 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 328-0000
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17. 15 East Restaurant

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15 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 647-0015
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18. Socarrat Paella Bar

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259 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 462-1000
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19. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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230 9 Ave
New York, NY 10001
(212) 243-1105
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21. Esca Restaurant

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402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 564-7272
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22. Sushi Yasuda

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204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 972-1001
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23. Chin Chin

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216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 888-4555
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24. Convivio Restaurant

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11 E 53rd St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 599-5045
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25. Le Bilboquet

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25 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 751-3036

26. JG Melon Restaurant

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1291 3 Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 650-1310
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27. Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

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316 E 86th St
New York, NY 10028
(212) 472-1599
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28. Nougatine

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1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
(212) 299-3900
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29. Gennaro Restaurant

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665 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 665-5348

30. Dinosaur Barbecue

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646 W 131 St
New York, NY 10027
(212) 694-1777
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31. Roberta's

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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32. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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33. Diner

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85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 486-3077
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34. Vinegar Hill House

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72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-1018
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35. Frankie's 457

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457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 403-0033
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36. Al Di La

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248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 636-8888‎
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37. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

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64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
(718) 899-9599
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38. Sapori D'Ischia

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55-15 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11377
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1. Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

2. Blaue Gans

139 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

139 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

3. Oriental Garden Restaurant

14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

14 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

4. Little Giant

85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

85 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

5. Peasant

194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

6. Balthazar

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

7. Raoul's Restaurant

180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

180 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

8. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

97 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

9. Lupa Osteria Romana

170 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

170 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

10. Momofuku Ssam Bar

207 2 Ave, New York, NY 10003

207 2 Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Ippudo NY

65 4 Ave, New York, NY 10003

65 4 Ave
New York, NY 10003

12. Minetta Tavern

Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012

13. Spotted Pig

314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

314 W 11th St
New York, NY 10014

14. Little Owl

90 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

90 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

15. Barbuto

775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

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16. Strip House New York

13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

13 E 12th St
New York, NY 10003

17. 15 East Restaurant

15 E 15th St, New York, NY 10003

15 E 15th St
New York, NY 10003

18. Socarrat Paella Bar

259 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

259 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

19. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

20. Co

230 9 Ave, New York, NY 10001

230 9 Ave
New York, NY 10001

21. Esca Restaurant

402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

402 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

22. Sushi Yasuda

204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

204 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

23. Chin Chin

216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

216 E 49th St
New York, NY 10017

24. Convivio Restaurant

11 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

11 E 53rd St
New York, NY 10022

25. Le Bilboquet

25 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065

25 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065

26. JG Melon Restaurant

1291 3 Ave, New York, NY 10021

1291 3 Ave
New York, NY 10021

27. Maz Mezcal Mexican Restaurant

316 E 86th St, New York, NY 10028

316 E 86th St
New York, NY 10028

28. Nougatine

1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

1 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023

29. Gennaro Restaurant

665 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

665 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025

30. Dinosaur Barbecue

646 W 131 St, New York, NY 10027

646 W 131 St
New York, NY 10027

31. Roberta's

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

32. Fette Sau

354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

33. Diner

85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

85 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

34. Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

72 Hudson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

35. Frankie's 457

457 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

457 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

36. Al Di La

248 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

248 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

37. Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

64-13 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11377

38. Sapori D'Ischia

55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

55-15 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11377

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